Cherry Lemonade (The Easiest Summer Drink!)

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This easy cherry lemonade recipe is the perfect sweet and refreshing Summer drink. It’s made with fresh cherries for a healthy kick!

Today is the hottest day of the year and I desire nothing more than a glass of this refreshing cherry lemonade. Two of my favourite fruits are cherries and lemons, so naturally I had to combine the two into a beautiful summer drink! It’s cool and crisp, sweet and tangy, and not to mention it’s a beautiful shade of ruby red. Swoon!

Why you’ll love this recipe:

I just know you’ll love this recipe! It’s:

  • Sweet and refreshing
  • Made with just 3 ingredients
  • Uses real cherries
  • Easy to make
  • The perfect summer drink!
a side photograph of 3 glasses of cherry lemonade with a lemon wedge

Fresh is best.

When making your own lemonade, you’ll want to use the best and freshest ingredients you can find. I like to use fresh dark cherries in this recipe. I wouldn’t use glace/maraschino cherries as they taste artificial. To get a deep cherry flavour, fresh is best!

Likewise for lemons – it really pays to juice your own.

a close up photograph of a glass of cherry lemonade with a lemon wedge

How to make cherry lemonade:

What’s great about this recipe is how easily it comes together. You too can be enjoying a glass of this flavoured lemonade in just a few simple steps:

  1. Puree the pitted cherries in a blender or food processor. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  2. Add the lemon juice and sweetener of choice (I used icing sugar) and stir to combine.
  3. Dilute with 1.5-2 cups of water and stir.
  4. Enjoy over ice!

If you couldn’t tell already, step 4 is my favourite 🙂

an overhead photograph of 2 glasses of cherry lemonade

Lemonade essentials:

Making your own lemonade at home is so easy and a lot healthier than buying it from a shop. You’ll just need a few tools to get you started!

  • Blender. To puree the cherries, you’ll want to use a high speed blender or food processor. I used my trusty Vitamix!
  • Fine mesh sieve. Blending the cherries will not puree the cherry skins too, so you will need to sieve them out to remove the lumps.
  • Lemons. You’l want to juice fresh lemons over buying lemon juice – the taste is nowhere near the same.
  • Lemon juicer – which makes the lemon juicing process a lot easier!
  • Sweetener of choice. I used icing sugar as it dissolves easily in the lemonade. If you wanted to make this lemonade naturally sweetened, you can use equal quantities of maple or agave syrup.
  • Pitcher
  • Pretty glasses and reusable straws.
a photograph of a glass of cherry lemonade with a lemon wedge

I hope you try this recipe! If you do, I’d love for you to tag me on Instagram @shivanilf so I can see how it goes. You can also keep updated with me on Facebook and Pinterest – I hope to see you there!

Shivani xo

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Cherry Lemonade

This easy cherry lemonade recipe is the perfect sweet and refreshing Summer drink. It’s made with fresh cherries for a healthy kick!

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 litre
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Shivani Raja

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/ 220 grams Fresh Cherries
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1/3 cup/ 65 grams Icing Sugar or maple/agave syrup
  • 1.5 cups/ 400 ml Water add more if desired

Instructions

  • Remove the stones from 1 cup cherries then to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Strain the cherry puree through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  • Add the juice of 2 lemons to the pitcher, along with 1.5 cups water. Stir to combine.
  • Add the sugar to the pitcher 1 tbsp at a time, tasting after each addition until you have reached your desired sweetness.
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!

Shivani’s Tips

  • Store this lemonade in the fridge to keep cool, and use within 2 days.

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Shivani Raja

Shivani Raja grew up eating traditional Gujarati cuisine. She has always been interested in food, and learnt to cook from her mother. She enjoys spending time in the kitchen, photographing her recipes, and sharing them with her readers!

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